Ashleigh Out: Zoraida (& John) In

Early Start: a new start–a more mellifluous one? ES co-host Ashleigh Banfield, the early morning cacophonous Cannuck, will soon no longer awaken CNN viewers with her virtual fingernail-on-the-chalkboard reveille: rather, she will greet them long after they have left Morpheus’ embrace.

Today, CNN EVP Ken Jautz announced that Ashleigh will anchor her own CNN hour at 11:00 a.m. ET later this summer. She will replace CNN Newsroom host Kyra Phillips, who is moving to HLN to “lead a new daytime program.” In her stead will be new CNN hire John Berman, a former ABC News reporter and Good Morning America contributor.

Almost in tandem with Jautz, Early Start senior producer Christina Ginn subsequently subtly heralded the news. She Tweeted, “Caught @JohnSBerman and @ZoraidaCNN in the @EarlyStartCNN newsroom today: pic.twitter./7TOlhdiU.” In Christina’s included pic, a beaming Zoraida Sambolin embraces a sheepish John, her new ES partner-to-be.”

Early Start: less Red Bull and more cafe au lait.

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5 Responses to “Ashleigh Out: Zoraida (& John) In”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    What about Brooke Baldwin in the AM?
    She filled in recently & did a great job, she’s intelligent, articulate & witty.

  2. boogiewoogee Says:

    Is it Ashley or Ashleigh?

  3. jakeho Says:

    Ashleigh. Thanks, Bw, for the copy edit!

  4. tedcohen Says:

    Yay Ashleigh – I’m a huge Ashleigh fan.

    Pity HLN, however.

  5. Zoraida: Adios Already? | Carpe Diem Says:

    […] with her more acerbic, boisterous, and pretentious Cannuck counterpart, co-anchor Ashleigh. When Ashleigh left the early morning show for a later hour on CNN, Zoraida teamed with John to present their ES viewers with a fun, friendly, […]

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